This Institute is designed for maximum interaction in participatory research challenge discussions, presentations, projects, panels and cooperative and competitive research-focused activities. It will also engage participants in informal settings and outdoor opportunities to encourage extended discourse among the participants.

Although not your usual academic conference, the Institute will publish a pre-institute book tentatively titled Advancing Geographic Information Science: The Past and Next Twenty Years with peer reviewed book chapters.

The international editorial review board invites full paper submissions from across all sectors of Geographic Information Science that take the form of:

The Past:
  • Retrospective or reflective articles on GIScience research challenges pursued in the past twenty years, progress made and/or limitations of the current findings;
  • Literature review articles in one or more fundamental research areas of GIScience;
Now and the Future:
  • Articles reporting fundamental research findings by a specific researcher, within a specific field of GIScience or across several fields;
  • Any leading edge GIScience research topics such as listed by recent GIScience conferences.
  • Articles or essays focused on one or more emerging areas of GIScience research and why the area is so important for the community to address;

The 2015 Institute invites submissions from across all sectors of GIScience and from among multiple disciplinary domains. The advertised research topics addressed in the previous summer institutes and the listing of all authors and the titles of their research paper topics from the 1995 and 1996 institute books may be found at 1995 and 1996 NSF/ESF Summer Institute Topics. Aspects of these topics may or may not still be important today.

Important Dates:

Paper Call for Early-Career Scholars

Full Articles: Full articles will be reviewed by a minimum of three members of the International Editorial Review Board. High quality submissions will be accepted for short presentations during the Institute and publication as a chapter in the book. Your submission as lead author should not exceed 15 pages and should meet all author guideline and formatting requirements of the Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS). Full papers must be submitted in pdf format to the EasyChair website for Vespucci Week 2. Note: Create an account on EasyChair (unless you already have one) and then click New Submission.

Extended Abstracts: Although a full paper submission is preferred, an extended abstract may be submitted in lieu of a full paper not to exceed 1500 words including title, figures and references. Submit a one paragraph abstract in the EasyChair form field for abstracts and then attach the Extended Abstract as a pdf file as instructed above under Full Articles. Please follow the author guideline and formatting requirements of the Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS) but simply extend the abstract section, eliminate the text section and drop the Acknowledgement and Reference sections as appropriate. Extended Abstracts also will be reviewed by a minimum of three members of the International Editorial Review Board and high quality submissions will be included in a separate Extended Abstract section of the conference book.

Your submission will also be assessed in the context of your academic and professional profile. Therefore, all applicants are also required to provide a web link to a long-term personal profile. Appropriate links would be to your detailed profile on a university web site, the Geographic Information Knowledge Network or LinkedIn.

Paper Invitations for Senior Scholars

Invited Papers and Abstracts: Invited paper submissions are being issued to senior scholars but inclusion of a full paper or extended abstract in the book assumes satisfactory passage of the peer review process. Please follow the instructions under the Paper Call for Early-Career Scholars in submitting a full paper or extended abstract.

All senior scholars as well should provide a link to a long-term personal profile web site. Appropriate links would be to your detailed profile on a university web site, the Geographic Information Knowledge Network or LinkedIn.

For senior GIScience scholars that that were NOT involved in the previous institutes in 1995 or 1996 but have an interest in attending the 2015 Institute if room permits, please make your desire known to Werner Kuhn (werner@ucsb.edu) and Harlan Onsrud (harlan.onsrud@maine.edu).

Open-Access Scholarly Book Publication

Assuming that sufficient submissions pass the peer review process, a book will be produced from the conference submissions. The book will be distributed at the conference as an e-book and will include the normal ISBN information and be filed with the U.S. copyright office. All articles and the book in entirety will be licensed under CC open access licenses. Persons desiring a hard copy of the book may use the global network of on-demand book printers to acquire one. Contact information about on-demand book printers will be provided with the posted versions of the e-book (e-pub, mobi for Kindle and pdf formats).

Revised articles that fail to adequately address the comments of reviewers as assessed by the editors or fail to meet required formatting requirements or deadlines will be dropped from the peer reviewed publication at the sole discretion of the editors. Further, accepted submissions unrepresented by at least one co-author at the Institute will be dropped from the book.